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THE DISCOVERERdi A 
POEMi BY W. WILFRED 
CAMPBELL J ISSUED FOR 
THE NEW YEAR, 1006>j»-» 



68843 

THE DISCOVERERS. 



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Thin |«wii. in di'ilii'nliil tn Ihi- nirtnury of nil thcmv 
KTvM wiuIk who, ill iliiyB u,)ii(. l,y, in i|if t'liilil Npirit of 
iliwoviTy Vfiiliii. .1 oiii on iIh' ll'ifii triirlilcufi whh nf llir 
unknown wi'i<t. m <|iinit of tlii" New World, which thi-ir 
UiiilttiintMl i<nl unci cnlrrpriif I.uh won for ux, iimii IxKin 
to ihe rufo aiiil n l>lti«»iiiK to iiiunl<inil. 

Tliry fciiri'il no iiiikiiown, hiiw no hori/on ihirk, 
CouiiI.hI no iliinuri' ; (Iriiiiniil all was their roail 
To poKiJihlc f.iiiirii. . -Struck no ciavcn fM 
Foi >lotli or inclolnnt ronardicc ; Biccrnl their keel* 
O'tT c roN "I liciivinx oci'iin, h'axiicn nf lirinc, 

While lli>|>« tirni kept the tiller, KHith., in dreiimx, 
Saw coustn of KleaiiiMiK contiiienlM liHiinin)! larjje 
lleyo:id the ultiinale of the Hea'» far rim. 
ThiiH wan it ever. SoiiU too (rreat for nhith 
And iiii|Hitent eaue, Koadcd dy inward puiii 
Of Willie divine, great yearniiirf reMtlcMHiti'K ; 
Which would not rit jit home on servile »hor«< 
And take the (joihI their futher'n wroiiftht in ihyn 
lyi'iigantient lime-wurd, — reaji what others imwed ; 
Hut, nohlci', Houulit to win a worll their own, 
Not conquered l)y olhern, hut a viriiln shore. 
Where men might huild the future ; rear new realm* 
Of human effort ; forgetful of the past, 
And all its ill uiid failure ; rui^illg anew 
The (iodlike dreams of genius, knowing only 
Immortal iiorsihihty of man 
To grow to larger vasttiens, holier dreams. 
Made certain in »trai>;ht laws of human life. 
And national vision ; lived in lofiy lives. 
Of tnanhood etn i.^- 'ind nobletit womanhond. 

So thus it wa», and io, and fl'er will he ! 

The ill we do we leave behind u.a as 

The phantotn cloak of yesterday's sleep, thrown of 

At newer waking to life's gplenilid dawn. 

So dreamed they, eager, in ihoae olden days 

Saw visioua in the future, round the west 

01 Kuropc's fading .'-unsetg ; held a hope 

Of »ome new paradise for p<ior men's cuie 

Frum dnpotbm* of old dynasties. 

And oniel iron creeds of warped despaini. 

Htingaring for light and truth righteousness. 

So launcheil they, setting sail toward sunset verge, 

Of lonely, inhos]iitahle Ocean hurling back 

From his gray :naae sad wrecks of their desires. 

We know their story, read the truth where they 
Knew only in man's hope and loftier soul 
Which strove and dared and greatly overcame, 
Conquering scorn of man and veils of douht, 
Wrtsting from nature half her secret, cruel, 
Wherewith she darkens down in ghxims apart 
The mystery of this planet, where we sleep 
Ana wake and toil, redeeminf; high resolves, 
Chaining the future to the present act. 

We ponder on their daring, their vast hope, 

That compassed all a planet in its dream. 

We niarvel at that stern defiance, where 

A single man, in a degenerate age, 

Would throw the gauntlet down against a world, 

Defying narrow custom, small beliefs, 

Strangled in lies ; and staking all on one 

Swift certainty of rea- ■", based on thought. 

Which read from natuu, not from childish tornst 

Of baseless superstitions, and dared all. 

Left the kind land behind, and venture<l out 

On what men deemed a hideous demon waste, 

An endless vortex, wherein poor souls caught. 

Were swept to vastness, gulfed and swallowed down. 

We wonder at this greatness, yet we know, 
That thus forever shall human greatness be, 
Mail's only truth in life to stand alone ; 
Invincible power the spirit's solitude. 

Beneath the sky, that marvel of earth's night, 
That vast repro'of of all our littleness. 
That shining rebuke to our unfaithfulness. 
That scorner of our despairs ; 'neath its dim tent 
Of fold on fold of fleecy infinities ; 
'That soul of man is but a jniny thing, 
A fork-like snake in its own petty fires, 
Which doth not rise to some high eminence 
Of human thought and vast forgetfulness 



68843 

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01 »il thU fomtnon ill and pommon <i«'<il, 
A:.d loom to Homewhat ol that itature, great, 
That (iod, did dream ui ! Ho thiwr mighty noulii, 
Walebing U'* Btars, read nightly lined an'd iiure, 
.\ eerlaiiily , /hile every yi'imty wave, 
A inoiirier mountain, ro'itri'd tu gulf them down. 

\y<' .ire a part of ih.it great dream they dreamed. 
We |<ii,iw wherein ll.y faileil, as all life fails. 
We know the grealiii-ss they Could never dream, 
The eerirtinty liehind thiit sunset veil, 
Whiili lured theiii o:i liiyond Us misty verge ; 
And »•• are wiines.'i that their ho|K' wnii sure, 
And true uixl wisi' and voice of (iod to men. 
We are the witnesses that they were right. 
And all the small and coiniiion minds were wrong, 
The scoriiers of their fiith, the hiughers-down 
Of their suliiiiiie enihusiasnis ; like us all 
Dim ages of thin world have heard and seen. 

Yen, we are witne«se» that they who hoped. 

And greatly planned, and greatly ilreumed and dared, 

\\'ere greater ami more gmllike, truer souls 

And wiser in thi'ir day than Ihone who sat 

Willi shaking head and shallow platitude, 

Made foolish vulgar prophecy of defeat ; 

Yea. we are witiiemes that one true man 

With faith in nature his own heart and brain. 

And daring, fearless, caring nought for aught, 

Save his own trust in some high godlike vision, 

Is greater far than all a world of men, 

Who are hut shadows of a v/orn out age. 

Which they have long outlived ; as rotten trunks 

Do mark the place where some huge oak went down. 

We are the dream which they did dream j but we 

If we are great ast they were, likewise know 

That man is ever onward, outward bound 

To some far port of his own soul's desire, 

Knof! 'ng the prixent ever incomplete, 

In love's reflection of the heart's high goal. 

And now no more this Western world is deemed 

A home for liberty and hope's desire. 

Men learn in wisdom, as the years glide on, 

And life is i \. r the same in east or west 

And human nature lost in its own toils 

Of earthly strivings, loses that gold thread 

Of life's sincerit;^, repeating o'er again 

The grim despotic tyrannies of old, 

On rewer shores to freedom dedicate 

By loftier souls who won this world in rain. 

So is i. ever, human grief and ill. 

And human tyranny know no special strand. 

All lands alike to tyrants are a spoil. 

From ills of race no continent is immune. 

Men cannot flee old evils though they crow 

Whole oceans of surges beating in l>etween. 

We hear with us the despot in our blood : 

It is the race that speaks forever in 

Our strivings ond our weakness : Nero flames 

A newer Rome in each new tyranny 

Which wakens a western world to deeds oi olood. 

And we, who 'iave no continents new to find. 

No shadowed jilanet darkening back our dream. 

Who know the new world but the old world new : 

The same old evil and the same old gleam 

In other guise ; but 'neath the same snakehead. 

Lifting ill eyes to choke our visions down 

In monster folds of human servitude : — 

We, too, as they, are earth's discoverers. 

We, likewise, can be fixed in our regard, 

»Ve likewise can be brave, sincere and true. 

Dreaming far peaks of greatness on ahead. 

If we but strive and beat our weakness down ; 

Setting our saMs, invincible, for those ports 

Beyond the common, sheltered shoals of self ; 

Cleaving with daring keel those open seas 

Of larger life, those heaving floors of hope ; 

Marking our course by those fixed stars alone, 

For ever steadfast, witnesses of God, 

Pointing to continents vast of holier dream. 



NEW EDIhBUROH, 

OTTAWA. OANaO*. 




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